Four smuggled Ancient Egyptian artefacts arrive home from Italy

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 8 May 2023

Four ancient Egyptian artefacts that were illegally smuggled to Italy have found their way home. The artefacts were handed over to the Egyptian Embassy in Rome some time ago and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Egypt received them from the foreign ministry Monday.



The repatriated artefacts include a part of a coffin lid carved in wood and decorated with rows of hieroglyphic text from the Late Period that was recovered in 2017; a ceramic vase and a part of a statuette depicting a female figure from the Graeco-Roman period recovered in 2018; and a 2.5cm tall Djed pillar recovered from Turin Museum in 2022.

Mostafa Waziry, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), said he was “grateful for the fruitful collaboration between the Egyptian and Italian authorities.”

"Egypt has a plan to restore its historical and archaeological heritage by combating smuggling endeavours and through agreements against the illegal transfer of artefacts," explained Shaaban Abdel-Gawad, Supervisor of the Antiquities Repatriation Department at the SCA.



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